Eric Clapton is a living legend, recognized as the most accomplished and influential guitarist in the history of rock. He is a sixteen-time Grammy winner and the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of both the Yardbirds and Cream and as a solo artist). A Cream reunion in 2005 played four sold-out concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall and three more at Madison Square Garden. A full-scale retrospective of Clapton's career is planned for the spring of 2007.
Well-known for his reserve in a profession marked by self-promotion and spin, Clapton is finally ready to tell his story in his own words. In Clapton, he chronicles his rise in the music world from his first taste of fame with the Yardbirds to the stint with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers that inspired fans to scrawl "Clapton Is God" on walls in London and New York, to the formation of Cream, the preeminent rock trio of the sixties. He writes about hanging out with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, working as a guest musician with the Stones and the Beatles, and ultimately finding his own voice as a solo performer.
Woven into Clapton's tale of incredible commercial and artistic successes is a much more personal narrative. From unvarnished accounts of his drug-addled and hard-drinking years and his long hard road to recovery, to revelations about his failed marriage to George Harrison's ex-wife Pattie Boyd (who years earlier had inspired "Layla," Clapton's classic ballad of unrequited love), to the devastating impact of the accidental death of his four-year-old son in 1991, Clapton describes his tumultuous life with striking candor.
A rare self-portrait of an outsized cultural icon, Clapton offers his legions of admirers unprecedented access to the man behind the legend.